It hasn't took long for Iowa to receive the fruits of their labor. Their excellent season is beginning to translate to the recruiting trail. The Hawkeyes have added a commit in the 2017 class in four-star offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs. He is an in-state junior from Mount Vernon, Iowa. The 6-foot-4, 270 pound lineman picked Iowa over the Cyclones but he is surely to add other offers as the process moves on as well.
Wirfs is not only a four-star prospect according to Scout but he's also a member of the Scout 300 and rated as the best junior in the state of Iowa. The Hawkeyes felt like home to him.
"The first time I was there was last Spring," Wirfs told Scout. "I was able to meet everyone then. I thought it was amazing. I have never seen anything close to it since. I visited Michigan State a couple weeks ago and I have visited a few others. I thought they would blow my mind like Iowa did but they didn't. Only Iowa blew me away, really. It just made me feel like Iowa was home to me. It's the place I wanted to be. I just feel at home there."
Though winning obviously helps, it was much more than this year's on-field success that lead Wirfs to being the third commit of the Hawkeyes' 2017 class.
"It wasn't necessarily just because of how they did this season," Wirfs pointed out. "It was also the coaching staff. I feel like I've built a real relationship with them. They care about me a lot and I really like them. Coach Reese Morgan recruited me but I've also gotten to know Coach Brian Ferentz and Coach Kirk Ferentz now."
"Brian (Ferentz) is great," he added. "I found out from watching practices that he's a great coach and a very cool guy. He's the kind of coach you want. I've had really good conversations with Coach Kirk Ferentz. He's always asking how my mother is doing. He's a very good guy. It's pretty good that they're going to the Rose Bowl. I'm not sure if that makes me like them more or less really, though. I'd like Iowa just as much no matter what."
Tristan Wirfs realized Iowa was the place for him on the drive home from his visit to Michigan State. Now he's a Hawkeye commit and will head to Iowa's practice this upcoming Sunday. It's all been in the making since he was very, very young.
"This feels great," he shared. "It's like a dream come true. I remember wanting to play college football since I was in Kindergarten. I called coach Kirk Ferentz tonight and he seemed very excited. I'm excited, too. I want to (be a leader of this class and help recruit others). I'm solid to Iowa. It's where I want to be."null